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Across the area

Grovetown man, 26, is killed in car wreck

A Grovetown man died Monday evening in a single-vehicle wreck in Appling.

Eric Franklin Dunn, 26, of Barbara Street, lost control of the Kia Sephia he was driving on Cobbham Road just after 7 p.m., according to a report from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Dunn was traveling north near Mistletoe Road when the vehicle spun across oncoming lanes and onto the shoulder. The car hit a street sign before the driver's side struck a tree, according to the report.

Dunn's passenger, Rickey Andra Cullars, 30, of Story Drive in Appling, was not injured.

Dunn was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt.

ASU student's cause of death determined

Authorities have released the cause of death of an Augusta State University student found dead in her University Village apartment Jan. 20.

Kristen Thompson, 21, died of complications from morbid obesity, according to Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten. The initial autopsy was inconclusive, and tests were sent off for further analysis.

Thompson was a 2006 graduate of Grady High School in Atlanta and a junior psychology major. She worked at University Village, was an assistant in the Dean of Students office, an orientation leader, a former member of the ASU Gospel Choir and a sister at Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

4 believed linked to phony check scams

Several people, including a man arrested in Thomson last week, are believed to be connected to a criminal ring that has ripped off several thousand dollars from area banks in a phony check scam, authorities say.

Titus Alexander Gideon, 52, of Atlanta, is charged with two counts of first-degree forgery involving recent scams at First Bank and First Citizens in Thomson, according to Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department.

He was being held Tuesday in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

Gideon is believed to have presented at least two phony payroll checks to employees at both Thomson banks, Whittle said.

Since his arrest, at least three other people believed to be linked to the criminal ring have been apprehended by police in Douglasville, Ga., Whittle said.

Mississippi teen dies from bonfire injuries

A Mississippi teen has died at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center as a result of injuries he suffered in a bonfire accident.

Dyland Kornegay, 19, died April 11, according to a report in The Rankin Ledger newspaper. He was from Brandon, Miss.

From Staff Reports



Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010













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